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Loaded Scalloped Potatoes For Two

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Baked serving of loaded scalloped potatoes

If there’s just two of you for Easter dinner this small dish of creamy delicious Loaded Scalloped Potatoes topped with cheese, bacon, and fresh chives is the perfect side for your small holiday gathering!

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This year Mr. Nest and I will be celebrating Easter in our empty Nest together. Some how it just wouldn’t seem like the Holiday without a dish of creamy cheesy potatoes! 

As much as we love creamy scalloped potatoes…we don’t love them day after day, after day, after day…you get my drift! I mean our peasant ancestors did enough potato eatin’ for generations to come! (Just ask the genetic pool that hangs out on my hips! God Save the Queen … cause he can’t rescue these hips!)

I decided to make a small batch of scalloped potatoes and load’em up with all the toppings I love on a baked potato! (The gene pool was yelling to go “Full Monty” on the taters! Who am I to ignore generations of ancestors? God Save the Queen!) 

Baked Scalloped Potatoes

What’s the difference between Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin Potatoes?

Is there a difference between Scalloped Potatoes and Au Gratin Potatoes? YES!

In one way and one way only! Scalloped potatoes are made in a white cream sauce and Au Gratin in a cheese sauce.  It’s really that simple. For this dish I went with Scalloped because I wanted a dish that emulated a loaded baked potato with heaps of sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives.

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes For Two

Wash and peel 4-5 medium size potatoes. I used Russets, but you can use Yukon Gold . They’d be FANTASTIC! I only had Russets at the time.

TIP: If you use Yukon you can just wash them, you don’t need to peel them, but you can.

peeled potatoes for potato dish

Slice Potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices and place in a bowl full of cool water. This will keep the potatoes from browning while you make the scrumptious cream sauce.

sliced potatoes in water

Don’t let a homemade cream sauce scare you! It’s so much easier than people think. Follow my step-by-step instructions and you can’t fail! I promise.

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, melt 1/4 cup of butter.

Melted butter in skillet

Sprinkle with 6 Tablespoons flour.

Melted butter with flour added

Stir quickly with a wire whisk until creamy and well combined. I love my flat whisk for this. I’ll share a link in the recipe card for this “must have” kitchen tool. You can also purchase them at Ikea…if you have enough stamina to shop in that store. 

Creating roux sauce in skillet

Begin by adding 1 cup of milk slowly while whisking continually. When mixture thickens add more milk as necessary to get the desired consistency. Which should be that of a thick gravy. Add up to 1/2 additional cup of milk.

Adding milk to roux

Add  1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/8 teaspoon coarse black pepper, stir until well blended. 

Cream sauce with seasonings being added

Add 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped chives. If you love “chives”…add more by all means. Same with the other seasonings. I always recommended a little “finger” taste before calling it good! Everyone’s taste buds differ when it comes to seasonings.

Turn heat off and set sauce aside for a minute.

TIP: You’ll notice as the sauce thickens… it reduces. (That never happens to me personally…I thicken and, well…nothing is reducing… if ya catch my drift!)  See the reduction line in the pan? That’s what you want.

Cream sauce in pan adding chives

Spray a small casserole dish about 10 x 6, or 8.5 x 5 inches, with non-stick cooking spray.  Lay drained potato slices in a fanned out pattern starting around the edge and working inward.

You can just toss them in there.  I find more fit in the dish if you layer them in this fashion.  I also believe that just because there’s only two or three of you, there’s no reason you can’t have a beautiful Holiday meal! I like to put as much love into it as I would if cooking for a crowd.

I honestly think sometimes cooking smaller meals can be more rewarding as a cook. It allows you to take liberties you might not normally take when cooking for a large group.

Sliced Potatoes in baking dish

Pour the cream sauce slowly over potatoes making sure they are completely covered! Don’t skimp with the sauce! This isn’t the Obstetrician’s office! Ya know… trying to cover up everything the Great One above gave you with a “Tea Towel”!

Sorry men! This is a humiliation you can’t possible imagine until you’ve been handed a Kleenex and told to drape it over you!… “Over me? As in in my knee cap? Perhaps just one of the “sisters” is a little chilly and you’re being considerate? Surely you don’t mean OVER ME?!!”  Don’t tell me you don’t  want to slap that 20 year old nurse silly! YOU HAVE PREGNANT PEOPLE IN HERE TOO Precious! Not just fat flabby old grandma’s for the love of Pete!

Rant over…Whew that felt really good! Okay back to our regularly scheduled program!

These are loaded taters…and by gosh by golly…load’em up with that cream sauce! 

sliced potatoes in baking dish with cream sauce

Smother them in that delectable cream sauce base making sure it flows into every nook and cranny. You may have a little more sauce than will fit into the dish. Careful not to overfill the dish. 

Now you could stop here and pop them in the oven and skip the loaded part…but I say “Get loaded whenever you can!” (Strictly potato speaking…unless you’ve just come from the O.B.’s office…lol Then you’re gonna need an entire cheesecake and a Dr Pepper!)

Potatoes and cream sauce in baking dish

Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with 1/3 cup of grated cheese, two Tablespoons bacon crumbles, and a 1/2 tablespoon of chopped chives. You can add more if you like…far be it for me to say “how loaded” you should get!

baking dish full of loaded scalloped potatoes

Take a look at this beautiful dish! And you only have to share it with one other person! Hooray!!! Your potato laden ancestors are cheering! 

Ready for the oven dish of loaded scalloped potatoes

TIP: Place dish on top of a baking sheet. This will help keep your oven nice and clean if the dish should bubble over during cooking.

Yep…I threw a ham steak on that piping hot baking sheet pan… half way through the potato cook time. That’s another post! Stay tuned!

Potatoes on Sheet pan with ham steak

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender, the sauce is bubbly, and the cheese is golden and crusty!

Close-up of Baked Scalloped potatoes

Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving. (I’m not into 3rd degree potato burns on the roof of my mouth, but if you enjoy that during the Holidays…I support you!) 

Serving dish with scalloped potatoes served

Look at that beautiful buttery cream sauce and the layers of tender potatoes.  All topped off with your favorite goodies! Let’s hear it for Baked Scalloped Potatoes!

Serving of Scalloped potatoes

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes for Two are so wickedly delicious! They are truly the perfect side dish to go along with your Easter main course. 

I’ll warn you though…you may want to triple this recipe…Mr. Nest had 3 servings of this delightful heavenly dish!

A few Answers about Scalloped Potato Questions?

  • Can I prepare them ahead of time?  Unfortunately because this dish contains fresh potatoes they will turn grey if prepared too far ahead of time. It is best to prepare this dish the day of and refrigerate until ready to bake
  • Can I bake them ahead of time and keep them warm until serving? YES! You can bake them ahead of time and keep them in a warm oven up to two hours before serving. Any longer and they may get too mushy!
  • Can I make these scalloped potatoes in my slow cooker? YES! Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and follow the direction for preparing. Cook on low in your slow cooker for 4 – 6 hours depending on how your slow cooker bakes.

 

Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Tater lovers of the world… I give you my contribution to your Easter dinner table! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! It will go beautifully with your Ham, Lamb, or Roast and it’s sure to be loved by any size group…even a group of two!

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Happy Holidays and Happy Nesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yield: 2-3 servings

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes For Two

Baked serving of loaded scalloped potatoes

Sliced fresh potatoes in a rich creamy homemade chive white sauce topped with cheese, bacon, and more fresh chopped chives to create a loaded scalloped potato dish for two.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 - 5 medium size potatoes, washed, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 Tablespoons All-purpose flour
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped chives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Sprinkle with 6 Tablespoons of flour. Mix until well combined.
  3. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of milk. Continue stirring until mixture thickens. Add additional milk as needed to create the desired consistency. (Should resemble a thick gravy)
  4. Add onion powder, garlic salt, black pepper and chives. Stir to combine.
  5. Prepare a small 8 x 5 or 10 x 6 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer potatoes in a circle around the dish starting around the edge and ending in the center.
  6. Pour cream sauce over potatoes completely covering potatoes.
  7. Sprinkle top with grated cheese, bacon, and additional chopped chives.
  8. Place potatoes in preheated 350° oven and bake for 45 minutes until potatoes are tender, sauce is bubbly, and top is golden crunchy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 619Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g

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Tracy Perry

Monday 22nd of June 2020

I can't get used to cooking for 2, it's just me and my boyfriend so I was thrilled to see your amazing recipes for 2, thank you so much, they sound delicious, I am going to bake chicken tomorrow and try your broccoli puff and loaded scalloped potatoes for 2, please keep the for2 recipes coming, God Bless You

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Hi Tracy! I completely understand! There are only two of us left here at this Nest for the majority of the time! Finding recipes for two is a little tough...I have found that most of my recipes work great for two if you just cut them in half and for the most part it works with the majority of them...maybe not the pies and cheesecake...but do we really only want two servings of dessert? lol Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit with me. I truly appreciate it. Have a great week and enjoy that yummy meal! Happy Nesting for Two! Norine

Sue K

Sunday 12th of April 2020

I expected more. Really did not remind me at all of loaded baked potatoes. Needs more cheese.

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 13th of April 2020

Hi Sue! This really isn't a "loaded baked" potato casserole but it is a loaded scalloped potato, meaning that I've added bacon and other ingredients not generally found in scalloped potatoes. I'm so sorry this recipe was disappointing for you. Hope you had a good Easter and a I hope you have a wonderful week. Norine

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Ethel Smith

Monday 29th of April 2019

Judy told me to look up your blog so I did and was thoroughly delighted with all of it, and there,was lovely Noreen as beautiful as ever. I remember the lovely young women who was and still is my daughters friend. This blog reflects you and your creativity and joy for life. I will enjoy trying your recipes and remembering you with love, God bless you and your family Ethel Smith, Judys mommy

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Oh My Goodness!!! My very favorite person on the planet! I LOVE YOU!! Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I'm having so much fun here writing and sharing my recipes. My memories of times spent at your home are some of my very favorite! Miss American...laughing till our sides hurt. Judy making "popcorn balls"!! Oh those were the best of times! I hope you are well and enjoying life. Give my love to Mr. Smith. Big HUGS!!! Much Love, Norine

Connie

Saturday 20th of April 2019

Thanks so much for recipes for two. I am so used to cooking for 6-8 people, and end up with left overs for a week.

norine@norinesnest.com

Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi Connie! Same thing happens over at this Nest. It's hard after years and years of cooking for so many to reduce my thinking. We loved this recipe and it was nice not to have to eat them for three weeks! I mean...they're good...but not that good. lol Happy Easter! Norine